Good afternoon: Today's PM is a breezy 445 words, a 2-minute read.
Situational awareness: Attorney General Bill Barr blasted Trump's tweets on the Roger Stone case, saying it's "impossible for me to do my job." Go deeper.
The Astros' Jose Altuve during a press conference in West Palm Beach. Photo: Michael Reaves/Getty Images
The Houston Astros are very sorry for cheating their way to a World Series win, even as their owner bizarrely flip-flopped on whether their cheating changed any games.
Why it matters: The sign-stealing scandal is among the biggest since the steroid era, spilling over into other clubs and giving MLB some nasty publicity.
What they're saying in Florida, where the Astros are beginning spring training:
Between the lines: The Astros' flexibility with the rules "was an open secret," the WashPost reports, citing people across all levels of the sport.
The bottom line: The bill has come due for bad behavior, a trend that mirrors the rise of accountability demands across our culture — even as some of the worst actors skate on by.
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A visitor arrives to lay flowers at a wall commemorating victims of the Allied firebombing of Dresden, Germany.
The big news from Arrokoth, the most distant object ever explored, is that there are no signs of water, AP reports.